I do more core than abs specifically. I do a lot of Pilates, and my workouts, given to me by my instructor, definitely focus on core strength because of a back injury. My abs come along for the ride and there is definitely a difference for me.
I like to do a lot of functional movement exercises. Squats work your core stabilizing muscles as well as your legs. This is especially true if you do balance work. One leg squats. Free weight shoulder press balancing on one leg. One leg deadlifts and things like that will work your core.
A strong lower back is important too so back extensions and supermans are good for strengthening that.
I find running, you could walk depending on fitness level is a great whole body workout especially if you do a hill or two.
My favourite ab exercises are
Planks front, side and rear Mountain climbers Hanging leg raises
I will do a couple sets of these once or twice a week.
I eat clean too, real whole unprocessed foods.
Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 2/1/2014 (12:11)
JERF - Just Eat Real Food
I'm a Certified Personal Trainer.
I'm not a doctor or dietician. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.
I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!
5'4" Goal weight 125lbs 37 years old 2 kids
Keeping my blood sugar levels low on my high fat/ low carb/ moderate protein diet.
6-pack abs have more to do with body fat percentage-- it's often said that abs are made in the kitchen. Makes sense if you think about it.... you could do a ton of ab exercises but if you've still got a lot of belly fat, those muscles will be hidden under a layer of fat. One of the Spark Coaches has said something similar to: I have a 6-pack. You just can't see it under my soft-side cooler. lol.
Also, you cannot spot reduce. When your body uses fat as fuel, it does not "take it" from the area you are working on. So doing a lot of ab exercises doesn't mean your body is necessarily going to burn all the fat from the ab area.
So..... does that mean we don't work the abs? Of course not, it just means we need to be realistic about the results we're going to get. Cardio + strength training + a healthy, well-balanced diet (within our calorie ranges for weight loss) = a better body.
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